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Old 08-31-2008, 11:33 AM
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just got my 1st bmw = 05 X3 3.0i, it's nice to know we can replace the oil filter from the top of engine bay, this is unlike other cars where the most difficult part of oil change is removing and replacing an oil filter from the bottom of engine bay. By the way, since I'm new to X3, do we need replace tranny and diff oil as well, if so, anyone has instructions?

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Old 11-25-2008, 09:20 AM
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New to us 2004 X3 (23k miles) I have been looking for this info in regard to self oil change and resetting the maintenance indicator. Very nice presentation on your part, many thanks. I still need to reset the maintenance clock and learn how to setup the cellphone. Many thanks for your great pictures and instructions on the oil change.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:55 AM
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Thanks for the write up

i did my first oil change and was able to reset service intervel

For those who wants to know more about the oil, filters and resetting service intervel on 2005 X3 3.0 :

BMW recommended oil
The oils listed below meet BMW's Long-life rating and are acceptable for use in BMW Passenger vehicles and SAVs in the US market with gasoline engines.
BMW Long-life rating LL-01 Approved Synthetic Oils for the US Market:

Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30
Mobil 1 SAE 0W-40
Pennzoil Platinum European Formula Ultra SAE 5W-30
Valvoline SynPower SAE 5W-30

Use only oils with an API rating of SM or higher.

http://www.bmwusa.com/Standard/Conte...ngineOils.aspx

Oil Filters

Mobil 1 Model M1C252
Champion Model P8170
Fram Model CH8081

Resetting service interval


Look on the instrument clusteryou will see 2 buttons in the lower centre part of the dash,

1) Make sure the ignition is swiched off, press and hold the left button and turn the ignition on to the first position keep holding the button down until you see the display change

2)Lift you finger and press and hold again untill reset appears ( normally after aprox 5 seconds ) it will also flash, once this happens lift your finger again

3) Then press and release straight away, this should reset the service indicator.

you may want to print this off prior trying to reset .............................. just to make it easier to follow

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Old 02-14-2009, 05:24 PM
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Oil filter kits can be purchased from http://www.wboil.com. You can get Mann filters here and Oil too.
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Old 02-15-2009, 02:50 PM
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How do you reset the indicator. Is it similar to the later model e39 (hold trip button down turn key to 1), or do you need a special tool like the older bmw's
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Old 02-15-2009, 04:58 PM
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Yes, something like below

1.Key in 0 or off position.

2. Press and hold odometer button and turn key to 1 or acc. position.

3. Keep button pressed until any of the following words appear in display: "oil service" or "inspection", with "reset" or "re". For vehicles with "high cluster", the fuel amount (in litres) remaining until next service is displayed (i.e. 3224).

4. Press and hold button again until "reset" or "re" flash. If there is no "flash", minimum consumption value has not been met.

5. While display is flashing, press button briefly to reset service interval indicator. After display has shown new interval, the following will appear in display for approx. 2 seconds:"END SIA"
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Old 03-17-2009, 02:01 PM
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Changing the oil on an '07 and newer X3 3.0si is slightly different.

Best to use this special tool or one like it to remove the top of the oil canister. No 36mm flats on the current cap.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...ID=83300493936
I just changed my oil for the first time.

FYI - the special tool is less expensive from the dealer with the BMWCCA discount. About $27 for the tool.

Very easy job on the 2007's. No plastic cover for the drain plug on 2007's or newer.
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Old 03-17-2009, 05:12 PM
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I bought the tool from Canadian Tire for around $20.00 both the socket and ratchet. I'm presently using AMSOIL European 100% Synthetic 5W-40 Motor Oil which meets BMW specifications. It is recommended for European and North American gasoline or diesel vehicles requiring any of the following worldwide specifications:

* API SM/CF
* ACEA C3-04
* ACEA A3/B3-04
* ACEA A3/B4-04
* ACEA C3
* BMW LL-04
* Mercedes Benz 229.31, 229.51
* Porsche
* Saab
* Volvo
* Volkswagen 502.00, 505.00, 505.01
* DaimlerChrysler MS-10725

Any Amsoil fans here? If interested check this out www.wboil.com/d=1701825.
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Old 03-18-2009, 07:25 AM
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I bought the tool from Canadian Tire for around $20.00 both the socket and ratchet. [/url].
Which year X3 do you have? The tool I bought is a large metal cap that goes over the filter screw-on lid. You need a 27mm socket and ratchet to use with the tool. This is different than previous years where you just needed the socket and ratchet.

Anyway, if it is the same tool, good deal on the price!
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Old 03-18-2009, 08:16 AM
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Changing the oil on an '07 and newer X3 3.0si is slightly different.

Best to use this special tool or one like it to remove the top of the oil canister. No 36mm flats on the current cap.

http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html...ID=83300493936
I bought mine at Pep Boys
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Old 03-18-2009, 11:47 AM
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Looks like the same tool will work on my 530xi. Nice! Neither my 530 or X3 have the built in bolt flats.

I tried a strap wrench and it did not grip well. The tool makes it very easy.
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Old 08-24-2009, 10:42 PM
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Which dealer is offering such a great pricing on the oil? Thx.

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Old 08-24-2009, 10:43 PM
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I bought oil and filter from the dealer for my E90.

7 qts of 5W30 BMW synthetic $37.80
1 OE BMW filter $10.90
Sorry for my bad post earlier. Which dealership is this? Thx.

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Old 08-25-2009, 07:28 AM
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I bought oil and filter from the dealer for my E90.

7 qts of 5W30 BMW synthetic $37.80
1 OE BMW filter $10.90
His post is from a year ago, prices have changed.

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Sorry for my bad post earlier. Which dealership is this? Thx.

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Now you can get it for $62 shipped from one of th eforum sponsors:

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Old 08-25-2009, 10:25 AM
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Check Pep boys for Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30 they are on sale 24.99 ( 5qts with fram filter 8081)
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Old 08-25-2009, 10:30 AM
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A rubber Craftsman strap wrench worked just fine on my E90.

The cap should not be real tight as the sealing O ring is on the side and tightening the cap beyond bottoming out does nothing.
Depends, on my E90, my first oil change required the tool, it was on too tight for some reason. Bavauto sells a cheap version one as well.
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Old 08-25-2009, 11:36 AM
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Check Pep boys for Castrol Syntec European Formula SAE 0W-30 they are on sale 24.99 ( 5qts with fram filter 8081)
What a steal! Just called local Pep Boys and Autozone but both only have regular Castrol Syntec for the same price not the European one. I tried to both websites' weekly ad but I can only find reg Syntec.

Are they the same??? Thx

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Old 11-15-2009, 07:28 PM
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How do you change the small rubber ring in the picture?

Hi guys

It took me a while to finally changed my oil. The only thing that I did not change is the small green rubber ring on the canister cap. How do you replace it? Do you use force and take it from off from the tip? I've attached the photo for your reference. Thanks ahead.

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Old 11-15-2009, 07:41 PM
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Hi guys

It took me a while to finally changed my oil. The only thing that I did not change is the small green rubber ring on the canister cap. How do you replace it? Do you use force and take it from off from the tip? I've attached the photo for your reference. Thanks ahead.

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I don't think you want to touch that. The filter kit comes with a large o-ring for the top of the canister and a new crush washer for the drain bolt. I believe that is all you need to do
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Old 11-16-2009, 04:42 AM
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Excellent post but I notice the ramps in the picture are labeled "L" and "R" presumably for left and right. Anybody know why?
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:50 PM
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I don't think you want to touch that. The filter kit comes with a large o-ring for the top of the canister and a new crush washer for the drain bolt. I believe that is all you need to do
My Mann oil Filter Kit now comes with the tiny green rubber ring as well... So I am not sure. I guess that I can ask the dealer next time I visit them. Thanks!

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Old 11-20-2009, 05:43 PM
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Hi guys

It took me a while to finally changed my oil. The only thing that I did not change is the small green rubber ring on the canister cap. How do you replace it? Do you use force and take it from off from the tip? I've attached the photo for your reference. Thanks ahead.

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I have a very dull, rounded small screwdriver I use to pull the o-ring off the shaft.

You should replace all the o-rings if you DIY.
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Old 11-22-2009, 03:57 PM
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Yes this is why I do them myself! Don't trust BMW "maintenance schedule". Keeping mine for at least 10yrs as I do all of my Bimmers and this is cheap insurance. Next gotta tackle the transmission filter and gasket.
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